Any and all members and volunteers are welcome to join us on July 20 for a MCPA work party in the Monte Cristo Townsite. Our main project for the day will be working on replacing the townsite cabin #4’s roof. Part of the roof was removed at the 6/15 work party and on 7/20 we plan to haul in supplies and begin reconstructing the roof. Much manpower will be needed to haul in supplies from the townsite bridge/parking area to the cabin just uphill from the railyard/grassy area (about 1000 feet). Carpentry work will be available for anyone inclined to work on the roof as well. Townsite cleanup and trail work is always available for anyone to tackle as well.
Meet us at Barlow Pass gate for a 9:00 departure into the townsite via the new Forest Service access road.
Any questions of to confirm your availability, contact us as listed on the “Contact” page above. While not necessary (you can just show up by 9:00 Saturday) it is nice to have an idea who we should be expecting.
Pictures of the work-in-progress on cabin #4 roof from June 15:
Also photos of the new Bulletin Board David Hartze built and installed along the Barlow Pass route at the June 15 work party:
Our first work party of 2019 will be Saturday June 15 – the earliest possible 3rd Saturday of a month. Meet at Barlow Pass gate for reconnaissance and a 9:00 AM start (we typically arrive as early as 8:30….and we may begin selected projects earlier as deemed possible; feel free to contact us with any specific needs or questions).
We have not traveled to the townsite yet this season, so may spend the day removing windfalls on the county and remediation roads, and possibly constructing a new billboard near the clayslide. Otherwise work for the day will likely consist of general townsite brush cleanup and preparations for the upcoming tourist season. Bring ground and brush tools, and as always, be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather.
Our 2019 annual meeting is scheduled for June 1 at Noon behind the Verlot Public Service Center. Drinks, hot dogs and buns will be provided; please bring a dish or snack to share with all. We will discuss current events and plans for the 2019 season.
2019 Winter Social, potluck and a special presentation by Craig O’Brien and Daryl Jacobsen – featuring history and photographs of the mines of the Silverton and Monte Cristo districts. They will also have copies of the books “The Everett & Monte Cristo Railway” and “Discovering Washington’s Historic Mines – Vol 1” on sale for a significantly discounted price.
Members, families, friends and anyone else interested in Monte Cristo history are welcome to attend.
February 23 5:30 PM Jennings Memorial Park
6915 Armar Rd, Marysville, WA 98270
Also, 2019 annual dues for members of $24 are now due; we have changed to a calendar year membership instead of the prior june renewal period. Please see http://mc-pa.org/?page_id=48 for a membership form and address to mail your dues to.
Last work party of 2018 season! Meet us at Barlow pass 9:00 am to group together and commence our trip into the townsite. There is a variety of work to do, including more trail work on the Glacier Basin trail, securing items for winter, brushing around the townsite, and discussing and visualizing our interpretive site plans.
Given late October weather can be unpredictable, we will postpone or cancel the work party if the forecast looks ominous towards the end of the week. Check back here for updates; by Friday Oct 19 at the latest will will post a final determination.
UPDATE: Weather looks clear and dry for the next several days; we can plan on the work party happening.
ALSO, Kal will be bringing a lunch for all volunteers. Feel free to bring an item or snack of your own to share!
As usual, dress for changing weather regardless; bring any hand tools suitable for the work you want to do; the MCPA also has the ground and trail tools we’ll need already on site.
Feel free to drop us a line (see contact us page) with any questions or just to let us know to look for you.
Note we may only have 1 key for the forest service gate, so please plan to travel in with the group at 9:00 am and we’ll all plan on a single exit early afternoon.
On the newletters page, also below.
September work party is scheduled for Saturday September 15. Meet at Barlow Pass gate at 9:00 AM (arrive a little early so we’ll be ready to head into town at 9).
Lots of work to be done – there is white trim to be painted on the cabins, we’ll be replacing the 2’nd half of the shingle roof on cabin #3, and there is a quick project to finish up the other 1/2 of the cabin 3 roof.
Let David Cameron know (see “contact us” page) if you plan to meet us at 9. A few of us will be heading in Friday in order to get a jump start on the cabin roof repairs, so it would be good for David to know a headcount of who to expect at Barlow. As usual, none of us will have phone or email contact once out of Granite Falls, so we’ll go with the information we have as of (very) early Saturday morning.
All supplies and tools needed for the repair projects will be provided and on site.
There is also plenty of opportunity for brushing around the townsite cabins, turntable and trails.
August newsletter is posted on the newsletters page.
With the emphasis on the townsite cabin maintenance this season, I find it appropriate to make available some history on the townsite cabins and former resort.
David Cameron has provided this excellent summary of the townsite resort. MC Resort Purchase Essay
Also, Jim Sekulich provided a copy of a 1965 publication which was available to resort visitors in the mid 1960’s. The publication and drawings were created by the resort owners, including Ken and Flo Schilaty. Most interesting is the resort’s hopes to build a gondola to the top of Wilman’s Peak and provide the “Greatest Winter Sports Area in the NorthWest”. 7-1-1965 MC Mountaineer
It is the MCPA’s hope to maintain that same enthusiasm for the Monte Cristo area (minus the gondola, of course).
We had another productive work party August 18. Our biggest task of re-roofing FS cabin #3 is precisely 50% done; we plan to complete the second half at the September 15 work party; we also found a couple broken rafters on the opposite side of the roof which will need repair too.
Other work accomplished included white trim painted on Cabins 1 and 2, brushcutting up the glacier basin trail, and improving the accessibility of the monte cristo road/trail at the entrance to the clayslide.
See the photo album below showing the before, during and after condition of Cabin #3 roof.
Badly decayed existing roof
Meet us at Barlow pass gate 9:00 am to begin the trip into the townsite for our August work party. We plan to replace the roof on the FS cabin #3 as it is failing and causing deterioration to the structure. We will also be finishing the paint job on the 3 cabins, and will have several other projects to tend to. Supplies for the maintenance jobs will be provided; feel free to bring any ground and trail work tools you have if you want to do trail work.
We’ll plan to stay until early afternoon (2 or 3) but those working on the roof can stay later as needed to finish.
See you there – feel free to let us know you’re coming so we know who to expect at Barlow.